Part 3 of my #TripOfWonders trip: Lombok!
When I found out that Lombok was going to be included in the itinerary of this media trip, I WAS SUPER EXCITED AND EXHILARATED!! I have always been wanting to visit Lombok but haven't had the chance to~ Really happy that Lombok can finally be taken out of my to-go-list! If you don't already know, Lombok is a a beach heaven which is only a mere 30mins flight from Bali, or you can take a ferry which takes approx 2 hours~ It is also less touristy, less populated than Bali with really divine beaches!
We stayed in Golden Tulip Hotel during our short stay in Lombok!
I was super lucky to be able to get a room situated high enough to catch a glimpse of how the city looks like! As you can see, lots of greenery and mosques as Indonesia is a Muslim country!
The room itself was clean, spacious and well-equipped! It was definitely a comfortable stay :)
Loving the interior of the cafe! Super picture worthy!
Food wise - LEGIT!
You don't know how happy I was to finally have some 'Western' food after having so much Indo food the past few days~ LOL. It's not that I dislike Indo food, but it's always refreshing to have something different once in a while yes? Food was fresh & good and the service was excellent! Worth visiting!
Apart from the beautiful and charming beaches Lombok is well known for, it also has a wealth of traditional culture which is very diverse. One of the cultural heritage that you can find in Lombok is the well preserved traditional Sasak Sade Village, which was our 2nd stop of the day!
The Sasak indigenous who lives in Sasak Sade Village till today are still trying to maintain and keep the authenticity of the remains of the Sasak culture!
We had a warm welcome by the Sasak with some music played using their own traditional instruments and dance performances by the Sasak indigenous!
After the performances, it was time to roam around the village on our own!
Within the village, you can find different kinds of handwoven fabrics and handmade trinklets!
These traditional Sasak tribal houses are made of wood with walls made of woven bamboo and roofed with palm leaf or dry leaf reeds! The floor is made using a mixture of soil, ash tree sap and straw!
The village was beautiful in its own way and it was certainly an eye opener for me!
Speedboat ride! Say hello to flying messy hair!
After snorkelling, it was lunch time at Gili Trawangan itself!
We had our lunch in Villa Ombak's restaurant!
Vitamin Sea & my Paradise Fruit Juice
Done with lunch and it was finally time to explore Gili Trawangan! But first, gotta get some OOTDs taken uh! Heheh
Outfit from @Carrislabelle too! I swear this is the shop to go to if you need any beachy outfits!
To explore Gili Trawangan, you have 3 options:
We wanted to take the easy way out by hiring a horse carriage to bring us around the island but it was honestly quite difficult to get one! So instead of wasting time waiting for the next available horse carriage, we decided to cycle! Oh boy, it was one hell of a ride! SO TIRING especially since we had no time to take a break due to time constraint~
Awww I wished I was on that carriage LOL
We cycled for almost 30mins uphill to arrive at this legendary swing!!!!
Keline and I dubbed as the Crazy Friends Forever Sisters!
Some solo shots for myself~ Hehe
Look what I mean by its so much nicer if the sea level was around our knee level? AND OMG LOOK AT THAT SUNSET!!!! Photo not by me but I happened to find it in my Whatsapp gallery, which was sent by a fellow blogger (sorry I really can't recall who sent this photo in the groupchat!!) on the previous batch of #TripOfWonders trip!
Heading back to shores~
So yesss, that was yet another short and sweet encounter with Lombok!
Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints